What better way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon than at the 13th Annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase? Get there early; the festivities begin at 10 a.m. with pony rides for the kids and a military display. Continue your afternoon with a McAlisters Deli Tailgate Contest and the Iams Terrier Races. The real fun begins at 1 p.m. with four races and the raffle drawing. And of course, no true Q.C. steeplechase would be complete without burgers and barbecue -- so eat up and enjoy the thrill of the chase. Prices vary. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Brooklandwood, 6103 Waxhaw Highway Mineral Springs. 704-843-7070. www.queenscup.org.